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2009–10 Phoenix Coyotes · NHL
2009–10 record 50–25–6
Home record 29-10-2
Road record 21-15-4
Goals for 223
Goals against 199
General Manager Don Maloney
Coach Dave Tippett
Captain Shane Doan
Alternate captains Ed Jovanovski
Zbynek Michalek
Arena Jobing.com Arena
Average attendance 11,989 (68.5%) (41 home games)[1]
Team leaders
Goals Lee Stempniak (27)
Assists Wojtek Wolski (41)
Points Wojtek Wolski (64)
Penalties in minutes Paul Bissonnette (117 PIM)
Wins Ilya Bryzgalov (42)
Goals against average Jason LaBarbera (2.13)

The 2009–10 Phoenix Coyotes season is the Coyotes' 13th season in the National Hockey League (NHL) and 30th in franchise history. After numerous seasons of losing money, the team was placed into bankruptcy and the team put under the management of the NHL. A plan to move the team to Hamilton, Ontario was rejected by the bankruptcy court.

BankruptcyEdit

Coyotes owner Jerry Moyes put the team into Chapter 11 bankruptcy during the off-season, and proposed to the court that an offer by Canadian Jim Balsillie for over $200 million be accepted and the team moved to Hamilton, Ontario. The NHL challenged the plan in court and court hearings were held over the summer in Arizona Court. Two other prospective buyers were recruited by the NHL to submit bids to purchase the team but neither made any formal offers to the bankruptcy court. The NHL was the only other group that made a formal offer in court. At first, neither offer had been accepted by the court; Balsillie's bid was rejected outright by the court, stating that it recognized the right of the league to control ownership and relocation, and not allow bankruptcy to be used as a back door. The NHL's bid was rejected because it did not propose to pay Moyes or Wayne Gretzky any money owed. The NHL and Moyes later came to an agreement and the transfer to the NHL was accepted by the court.

After the sale of the team to the NHL, the team fell under the supervision of the NHL. The team arranged a budget under the NHL ownership while allowing GM Don Maloney to run the club. At the trade deadline, Maloney was the most active trader, making seven trades to improve his club for the playoffs. This was reported to have caused complaints to NHL President Bettman from other general managers.

Fan attendance was a disappointment for the club, however, and figures supplied to the bankruptcy court showed that the club lost $5 million for the month of October alone.[2] The club finished with the league's worst attendance, and in a lawsuit filed by the NHL against Moyes, the NHL estimated that the team would lose $20 million for the season.

Off-season Edit

In the Entry Draft, the Coyotes picked Oliver Ekman-Larsson with their first-round pick, sixth overall. Otherwise, it was a quiet off-season.

The team signed numerous NHL veteran free agents in the off-season, including Vernon Fiddler, Jason LaBarbera, Adrian Aucoin, Taylor Pyatt, Ryan Hollweg, and Robert Lang. This represented a change in direction from previous seasons, which emphasized the development of young prospects.

Pre-season Edit

Head Coach Gretzky resigned during the training camp period. Neither Balsillie or the NHL proposed to keep Gretzky on as coach for this $8 million contract. On September 24, the Coyotes hired Dave Tippett as their new head coach after Gretzky had stepped down as head coach earlier the same day.[3]

Regular season Edit

Despite all the uncertainty surrounding the team, the Coyotes started well, compiling a 9–4–0 record in October.

On March 13, the Coyotes won their 41st regular season game over the Carolina Hurricanes, breaking the Coyotes previous one-season record for wins (40 in 2001-02).[4] On March 18, the Coyotes beat the Vancouver Canucks 4-3 in a shootout to record the 44th win of the season, setting a new franchise record for wins with 44. The franchise's previous record was 43 wins, by the Winnipeg Jets.

Division standings Edit

Pacific Division GP W L OTL GF GA PTS
1 ySan Jose Sharks 82 51 20 11 264 215 113
2 Phoenix Coyotes 82 50 25 7 225 202 107
3 Los Angeles Kings 82 46 27 9 241 219 101
4 Anaheim Ducks 82 39 32 11 238 251 89
5 Dallas Stars 82 37 31 14 237 254 88

Conference standings Edit

Western Conference GP W L OTL GF GA PTS
zSan Jose Sharks 82 51 20 11 264 215 113
yChicago Blackhawks 82 52 22 8 271 209 112
yVancouver Canucks 82 49 28 5 272 222 103
Phoenix Coyotes 82 50 25 7 225 202 107
Detroit Red Wings 82 44 24 14 229 216 102
Los Angeles Kings 82 46 27 9 241 219 101
Nashville Predators 82 47 29 6 225 225 100
Colorado Avalanche 82 43 30 9 244 233 95
St. Louis Blues 82 40 32 10 225 223 90
Calgary Flames 82 40 32 10 204 210 90
Anaheim Ducks 82 39 32 11 238 251 89
Dallas Stars 82 37 31 14 237 254 88
Minnesota Wild 82 38 36 8 219 246 84
Columbus Blue Jackets 82 32 35 15 216 259 79
Edmonton Oilers 82 27 47 8 214 284 62
bold – Qualified for playoffs; y – Won division; z – Won conference (and division)

Game log Edit

2009–10 Game Log
October: 9–4–0 (Home: 4–2–0 ; Road: 5–2–0)
# Date Visitor Score Home OT Decision Attendance Record Pts Recap
1 October 3 Phoenix Coyotes 6 – 3 Los Angeles Kings Bryzgalov 18,118 1–0–0 2 [9]
2 October 7 Phoenix Coyotes 3 – 0 Pittsburgh Penguins Bryzgalov 16,975 2–0–0 4 [10]
3 October 8 Phoenix Coyotes 1 – 2 Buffalo Sabres LaBarbera 18,690 2–1–0 4 [11]
4 October 10 Columbus Blue Jackets 2 – 0 Phoenix Coyotes Bryzgalov 17,532 2–2–0 4 [12]
5 October 12 Phoenix Coyotes 1 – 0 San Jose Sharks SO Bryzgalov 17,562 3–2–0 6 [13]
6 October 15 St. Louis Blues 2 – 3 Phoenix Coyotes OT Bryzgalov 6,899 4–2–0 8 [14]
7 October 17 Boston Bruins 1 – 4 Phoenix Coyotes Bryzgalov 9,162 5–2–0 10 [15]
8 October 22 Detroit Red Wings 2 – 3 Phoenix Coyotes OT Bryzgalov 11,938 6–2–0 12 [16]
9 October 24 Los Angeles Kings 5 - 3 Phoenix Coyotes Bryzgalov 7,968 6-3-0 12 [17]
10 October 26 Phoenix Coyotes 2 – 5 New York Rangers Bryzgalov 18,200 6-4-0 12 [18]
11 October 28 Phoenix Coyotes 4 – 1 Columbus Blue Jackets LaBarbera 13,184 7-4-0 14 [19]
12 October 29 Phoenix Coyotes 2 – 0 St. Louis Blues Bryzgalov 18,087 8-4-0 16 [20]
13 October 31 Anaheim Ducks 2 – 3 Phoenix Coyotes SO Bryzgalov 6,495 9-4-0 18 [21]
November: 6–7–1 (Home: 4–3–0 ; Road: 2–4–1)
# Date Visitor Score Home OT Decision Attendance Record Pts Recap
14 November 2 Los Angeles Kings 5 – 3 Phoenix Coyotes Labarbera 5,855 9–5–0 18 [22]
15 November 4 Phoenix Coyotes 1 – 4 Colorado Avalanche Bryzgalov 11,012 9–6–0 18 [23]
16 November 5 Chicago Blackhawks 1 – 3 Phoenix Coyotes Bryzgalov 10,362 10–6–0 20 [24]
17 November 7 Phoenix Coyotes 3 – 4 Anaheim Ducks Bryzgalov 15,269 10–7–0 20 [25]
18 November 12 Montreal Canadiens 4 – 2 Phoenix Coyotes Bryzgalov 10,064 10–8–0 20 [26]
19 November 14 Dallas Stars 2 – 3 Phoenix Coyotes Bryzgalov 11,319 11–8–0 22 [27]
20 November 16 Tampa Bay Lightning 4 – 1 Phoenix Coyotes LaBarbera 9,503 11–9–0 22 [28]
21 November 18 Phoenix Coyotes 3 – 2 Minnesota Wild Bryzgalov 18,110 12–9–0 24 [29]
22 November 19 Phoenix Coyotes 2 – 3 St. Louis Blues OT Bryzgalov 17,107 12–9–1 25 [30]
23 November 21 Philadelphia Flyers 1 – 3 Phoenix Coyotes Bryzgalov 11,106 13–9–1 27 [31]
24 November 23 Phoenix Coyotes 0 – 4 Edmonton Oilers Bryzgalov 16,839 13–10–1 27 [32]
25 November 25 Phoenix Coyotes 1 – 2 Calgary Flames Bryzgalov 19,289 13–11–1 27 [33]
26 November 27 Dallas Stars 2 - 5 Phoenix Coyotes Bryzgalov 10,691 14–11–1 29 [34]
27 November 29 Phoenix Coyotes 3 - 2 Anaheim Ducks OT Bryzgalov 13,023 15–11–1 31 [35]
December: 10–2–3 (Home: 8–0–1 ; Road: 2–2–2)
# Date Visitor Score Home OT Decision Attendance Record Pts Recap
28 December 3 Calgary Flames 1 – 2 Phoenix Coyotes Bryzgalov 9,868 16–11–1 33 [36]
29 December 5 Ottawa Senators 2 – 3 Phoenix Coyotes Bryzgalov 8,642 17–11–1 35 [37]
30 December 7 Minnesota Wild 0 - 2 Phoenix Coyotes Bryzgalov 8,981 18-11-1 37 [38]
31 December 10 Phoenix Coyotes 2 - 3 Los Angeles Kings SO Bryzgalov 15,259 18-11-2 38 [39]
32 December 12 San Jose Sharks 1 - 2 Phoenix Coyotes Bryzgalov 10,650 19-11-2 40 [40]
33 December 14 Phoenix Coyotes 2 - 3 Detroit Red Wings Bryzgalov 18,795 19-12-2 40 [41]
34 December 16 Phoenix Coyotes 6 - 3 Toronto Maple Leafs Bryzgalov 19,088 20-12-2 42 [42]
35 December 17 Phoenix Coyotes 2 - 1 Columbus Blue Jackets SO LaBarbera 13,363 21-12-2 44 [43]
36 December 19 Phoenix Coyotes 2 - 4 Anaheim Ducks Bryzgalov 15,107 21-13-2 44 [44]
37 December 21 Columbus Blue Jackets 2 - 5 Phoenix Coyotes Bryzgalov 9,348 22-13-2 46 [45]
38 December 23 Anaheim Ducks 0 - 4 Phoenix Coyotes Bryzgalov 10,030 23-13-2 48 [46]
39 December 26 Los Angeles Kings 2 - 3 Phoenix Coyotes Bryzgalov 16,131 24-13-2 50 [47]
40 December 28 Phoenix Coyotes 2 - 3 San Jose Sharks SO Bryzgalov 17,562 24-13-3 51 [48]
41 December 29 Vancouver Canucks 2 - 3 Phoenix Coyotes SO LaBarbera 13,976 25-13-3 53 [49]
42 December 31 San Jose Sharks 3 - 2 Phoenix Coyotes SO Bryzgalov 12,472 25-13-4 54 [50]
January: 8–5–1 (Home: 5–3–1 ; Road: 3–2–0)
# Date Visitor Score Home OT Decision Attendance Record Pts Recap
43 January 2 Detroit Red Wings 4 - 1 Phoenix Coyotes Bryzgalov 17,125 25-14-4 54 [51]
44 January 5 Phoenix Coyotes 5 - 4 Edmonton Oilers OT Bryzgalov 16,839 26-14-4 56 [52]
45 January 7 Phoenix Coyotes 0 - 4 Vancouver Canucks 18,810 Bryzgalov 26-15-4 56 [53]
46 January 9 New York Islanders 5 - 4 Phoenix Coyotes SO LaBarbera 11,454 26-15-5 57 [54]
47 January 12 San Jose Sharks 3 - 1 Phoenix Coyotes LaBarbera 9,248 26-16-5 57 [55]
48 January 14 New Jersey Devils 3 - 4 Phoenix Coyotes Bryzgalov 9,430 27-16-5 59 [56]
49 January 16 Minnesota Wild 4 - 6 Phoenix Coyotes Bryzgalov 12,631 28-16-5 61 [57]
50 January 18 Buffalo Sabres 7 - 2 Phoenix Coyotes Bryzgalov 11,309 28-17-5 61 [58]
51 January 21 Nashville Predators 2 - 4 Phoenix Coyotes Bryzgalov 9,142 29-17-5 63 [59]
52 January 23 Phoenix Coyotes 2 - 4 Washington Capitals Bryzgalov 18,277 29-18-5 63 [60]
53 January 26 Phoenix Coyotes 5 - 4 Detroit Red Wings OT Bryzgalov 19,843 30-18-5 65 [61]
54 January 28 Calgary Flames 2 - 3 Phoenix Coyotes SO Bryzgalov 12,725 31-18-5 67 [62]
55 January 30 New York Rangers 2 - 3 Phoenix Coyotes LaBarbera 16,687 32-18-5 69 [63]
56 January 31 Phoenix Coyotes 4 - 2 Dallas Stars Bryzgalov 16,498 33-18-5 71 [64]
February: 4–3–0 (Home: 1–1–0 ; Road: 3–2–0)
# Date Visitor Score Home OT Decision Attendance Record Pts Recap
57 February 2 Phoenix Coyotes 1 - 0 Nashville Predators SO Bryzgalov 14,196 34-18-5 73 [65]
58 February 5 Phoenix Coyotes 2 - 1 Chicago Blackhawks SO LaBarbera 22,169 35-18-5 75 [66]
59 February 6 Phoenix Coyotes 0 - 4 Dallas Stars Bryzgalov 18,532 35-19-5 75 [67]
60 February 8 Edmonton Oilers 1 - 6 Phoenix Coyotes Bryzgalov 13,421 36-19-5 77 [68]
61 February 10 Phoenix Coyotes 3 - 2 Minnesota Wild Bryzgalov 18,178 37-19-5 79 [69]
62 February 12 Phoenix Coyotes 1 - 2 Colorado Avalanche Bryzgalov 14,129 37-20-5 79 [70]
63 February 13 Dallas Stars 3 - 0 Phoenix Coyotes Bryzgalov 16,734 37-21-5 79 [71]
March: 10–4–1 (Home: 5–1–0 ; Road: 5–3–1)
# Date Visitor Score Home OT Decision Attendance Record Pts Recap
64 March 2 St. Louis Blues 5 - 2 Phoenix Coyotes Bryzgalov 10,385 37-22-5 79 [72]
65 March 4 Colorado Avalanche 1 - 3 Phoenix Coyotes Bryzgalov 12,426 38-22-5 81 [73]
66 March 6 Anaheim Ducks 0 - 4 Phoenix Coyotes Bryzgalov 14,965 39-22-5 83 [74]
67 March 10 Vancouver Canucks 3 - 4 Phoenix Coyotes SO Bryzgalov 15,883 40-22-5 85 [75]
68 March 13 Phoenix Coyotes 4 - 0 Carolina Hurricanes Bryzgalov 17,690 41-22-5 87 [76]
69 March 14 Phoenix Coyotes 3 - 2 Atlanta Thrashers SO LaBarbera 15,914 42-22-5 89 [77]
70 March 16 Phoenix Coyotes 2 - 1 Tampa Bay Lightning Bryzgalov 14,517 43-22-5 91 [78]
71 March 18 Phoenix Coyotes 4 - 3 Florida Panthers SO Bryzgalov 12,282 44-22-5 93 [79]
72 March 20 Chicago Blackhawks 4 - 5 Phoenix Coyotes SO Bryzgalov 17,534 45-22-5 95 [80]
73 March 21 Phoenix Coyotes 3 - 2 Dallas Stars SO LaBarbera 16,114 46-22-5 97 [81]
74 March 23 Phoenix Coyotes 0 - 2 Chicago Blackhawks Bryzgalov 22,077 46-23-5 97 [82]
75 March 25 Phoenix Coyotes 3 - 4 Nashville Predators SO Bryzaglov 15,970 46-23-6 98 [83]
76 March 27 Colorado Avalanche 2 - 6 Phoenix Coyotes Bryzgalov 17,188 47-23-6 100 [84]
77 March 30 Phoenix Coyotes 1 - 4 Vancouver Canucks Bryzgalov 18,810 47-24-6 100 [85]
78 March 31 Phoenix Coyotes 1 - 2 Calgary Flames LaBarbera 19,289 47-25-6 100 [86]
April: 3–0–1 (Home: 2–0–0 ; Road: 1–0–1)
# Date Visitor Score Home OT Decision Attendance Record Pts Recap
79 April 3 Edmonton Oilers 2 - 3 Phoenix Coyotes SO Bryzgalov 17,143 48-25-6 102 [87]
80 April 7 Nashville Predators 2 - 5 Phoenix Coyotes Bryzgalov 17,136 49-25-6 104 [88]
81 April 8 Phoenix Coyotes 3 - 2 Los Angeles Kings SO LaBarbera 18,118 50-25-6 106 [89]
82 April 10 Phoenix Coyotes 2 - 3 San Jose Sharks SO Bryzgalov 17,562 50-25-7 107 [90]

Legend:       Win (2 points)       Loss (0 points)       Overtime/shootout loss (1 point)

Source
Phoenix Coyotes.[5]

PlayoffsEdit

On March 27, 2010, the Coyotes clinched a playoff spot, their first playoff spot since the 2001-2002 season, and in the process, reached the 100 point mark for the first time in franchise history.[6] Their first-round opponent in the Stanley Cup playoffs was the Detroit Red Wings. The Red Wings would defeat the Coyotes in seven games.

Coyotes vs. Red WingsEdit

The teams split their season series this year, with both Coyote victories coming in overtime, including a 5-4 road victory on January 26 in Detroit. The Coyotes were down 4-2 with less than two minutes to play in regulation and scored two goals with an extra attacker, one by defenseman Keith Yandle via a one-timer from the point which he didn't get much wood on and the second by defenseman Ed Jovanovski, who took a pass from captain Shane Doan from behind the net and going five-hole on Jimmy Howard. In overtime, Doan eventually scored the winning goal after taking a kick-pass from center Matthew Lombardi and taking his time to put the puck past Howard and giving the Coyotes an improbable 5-4 come-from-behind victory and setting the tone for the rest of Phoenix's season.

The Coyotes organization has planned their playoff tradition of a WhiteOut, which dates back to the franchise's days in Winnipeg. The last WhiteOut that the organization attempted was early in the season, a 2-0 loss to the visiting Columbus Blue Jackets on October 10.

On April 12, an article on Yahoo! Sports surfaced revealing that the Coyotes must counter the Red Wings tradition of throwing octopus onto the ice by having Phoenix fans throw rubber or plastic snakes onto the surface. The article's source was a Coyotes blog entitled "Five For Howling", authored by longtime fan Travis Hair. The movement gained wide popularity by way of Twitter with the hashtag of #throwthesnake. However, when Hair informed the organization of the idea, the front office rejected the plan, citing league rules of delay of game penalties and arena rules of nothing entering the playing area.

Many experts picked the Red Wings to win the series because of their torrid pace of play since the Olympic break and the play of rookie goaltender and Calder Memorial Trophy candidate Jimmy Howard. However, there are members of the media who favored the Coyotes in the series, citing their home-ice advantage and regular season home record, Tippett's coaching, the play of Vezina Trophy and Hart Trophy candidate Ilya Bryzgalov, and the additions of wingers Wojtek Wolski and Lee Stempniak, who have provided an offensive punch to a team built on defense.

The series has also been selected by many analysts to be the most intriguing out of all the first-round series due to the contrast in styles of Detroit's high-octane offense and Phoenix's suffocating defense. The experience of Detroit's squad matched up with the veteran, but playoff-inexperienced Phoenix club also plays a factor.

On April 14, the Coyotes won the first game of the best-of-seven series by a score of 3-2. Tomas Holmstrom and Niklas Lidstrom scored for the Red Wings while Phoenix's three goals came via the power play, which was a rare occurrence for a team that had been struggling with the man-advantage all season. Defenseman Keith Yandle scored the first goal, trade deadline acquisition Wojtek Wolski tallied one early in the second, and defenseman Derek Morris fired home the eventual game winner in the third.

Two days later, on April 16, the Red Wings evened up the series at 1-1 behind a strong game from Henrik Zetterberg who recorded a hat trick to propel Detroit to a 7-4 win. The Coyotes struck first off a tip-in from Keith Yandle but the Wings got back into it. The second period was an eventful one, with the teams combining for five goals in a span of 3:58. However, Detroit added four goals in the third period, including the eventual game winner by Zetterberg, to take home the win.

In Detroit for the third game, the Coyotes responded from their disappointing second game by scoring first. With just 29 seconds elapsed in the first period, defenseman Sami Lepisto followed up a rebound given up by Jimmy Howard off a shot Petr Prucha and fired it into the net. Early in the second period, the Phoenix captain and on ice inspiration, Shane Doan was injured after tripping over Jimmy Howard in the goal crease and crashing heavily into the boards. It would later be reveled that Doan suffered a grade 3 shoulder separation, and he would not play the rest of the series. The Red Wings would tie the game up at 1 off a shot by Valtteri Filppula that snuck past Ilya Bryzgalov on the short side and crossed the goal line just enough. Later, with less than a minute in the second period, Wojtek Wolski broke the tie, punching a rebound in off a shot by Matthew Lombardi to give the Coyotes a 2-1 lead heading into the third. In the third period, Prucha scored for Phoenix off a pass from Radim Vrbata. Vrbata took a pass from Prucha off the boards and then fed a pass to Prucha between two defenders, and then tucked it past Howard. The Wings would get back into it however off of a goal by Johan Franzen that also snuck past Bryzgalov's short side, making the game 3-2. Later in the third, Vrbata would propel the puck past Howard from the left faceoff circle, giving the Coyotes a 4-2 lead, which would be the final score.

In the fourth game, on April 20, the game was scoreless until Henrik Zetterberg scored on the power play by deflecting a shot from Niklas Kronwall, upwards into the net. Pavel Datsyuk scored 15:53 minutes in on a one-timer from Johan Franzen (with captain Nicklas Lidstrom getting an assist as well). Henrik Zetterberg had the final goal of the game at 16:18 minutes played in the third, with assists from Todd Bertuzzi and Brad Stuart. Jimmy Howard was the first star of the game, producing 29 saves and a shutout.

Headed back to Phoenix for the fifth game on April 23, the coyotes were 0 for 14 on the power play after going 3 for 3 in game one. The Phoenix power play would be held scoreless once again, going 0 for 5. The scoring started for Detroit when Drew Miller scored a wrap around goal on Ilya Bryzgalov at 17:04 of the first period. Ed Jovanowski would tie the score 1-1 at 9:45 in the second period when an Adrian Aucoin shot from the point bounced off of Jimmy Howard's right pad and lay just outside the crease when Jovanowski spun around and slipped the puck in short side. The game remained tied until 11:09 of the third when a Nicklas Lidstrom shot from the point hit Tomas Holmstrom in front of the net while he was skating through the crease behind Bryzgalov, the puck got tangled up in Holmstrom's equipment until he stopped in the crease, behind Bryzgalov and the puck fell to the ice. Holmstrom shot the puck into the empty net as no one but Holmstrom could locate the puck. 70 seconds later, Pavel Datsyuk scored another goal on the backhand at 12:19 and Henrik Zetterberg added an empty net goal at 19:04.

On April 25, in game six in Detroit, Phoenix's power play had gone 0 for 19 after an amazing start in game one. The game didn't start out well for Phoenix when they took three penalties in the first 5 minuets of the game, but Bryzgalov came up huge on the penalty kill, blanking the Red Wings on three chances including a short 5 on 3 power play and then Lauri Korpikoski scored a shorthanded goal at 4:10 of the first period and momentum in hand, Phoenix never looked back. Phoenix took over in the second period when Mathieu Schneider scored a power play goal, Radim Vrbata added another power play goal and Wojtek Wolski tipped in an even strength goal. Taylor Pyatt added another power play goal in the third Brad Stuart and Darren Helm scored for Detroit.

After an impressive 5-2 game 6 win where Phoenix excelled on the penalty kill and the power play and controlled much of the play, people were expecting more of the same from Phoenix in game seven at home. However it was just the opposite. Detroit came out and controlled the play from the puck drop, out shooting Phoenix 17-6 in the first period and 50-33 in the game. Thanks to an impressive display by Ilya Bryzgalov the score remained tied 0-0 at the end of the first. But Detroit would not let up, they continued dominating in the second and finally perforated Bryzgalov at 2:01 of the second on the power play when a scramble in front of the net let loose a puck in the slot that Pavel Datsyuk shot in between Bryzgalov's legs. 1:41 seconds later, Datsyuk would score again on a breakaway that Henrik Zetterberg helped set up with a precise pass through the neutral zone during a four-on-four sequence. Vernon Fiddler would cut the Detroit lead in half when he shot a puck instantly off the face off that caught Jimmy Howard by surprise, but Detroit's Nicklas Lidstrom restored the two goal lead when he scored a power play goal with a slap shot. The back-breaking point for the Coyotes came at the end of the second period when Phoenix was rewarded with a 1:12 5 on 3 power play with the score 3-1. Detroit killed off the disadvantage masterfully with defenseman Nicklas Kronwall blocking multiple shots and Jimmy Howard making timely saves, at the end of the disadvantage they Coyotes defenseman Keith Yandle missed a Lee Stempniak pass back to the point which bounced off the boards into the neutral zone just as Detroit player, Brad Stuart was coming out of the penalty box, Stuart picked up the puck and scored on the break away, roofing the puck over Bryzgalov's right shoulder. Yandle clearly showed signs of frustration and a general lack of class when he intentionally tripped Henrik Zetterberg as he was skating behind the net to celebrate the goal with Stuart, sending Zetterberg crashing heavily into the end boards, Zetterberg was not injured on the play and Yandle escaped punishment.[7][8] Todd Bertuzzi would add another goal in the third, scoring on the rebound of a Valtteri Filppula shot and Lidstrom added another power play goal when he scored on a wrist shot from the circle. At the end of the game, after the handshake line the Phoenix fans gave the team a standing ovation and the players saluted the fans by raising their sticks at center ice, a tradition that almost all NHL teams participate in.

Key:      Win      Loss

2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs
Western Conference Quarter-finals: vs. (5) Detroit Red Wings - Detroit wins series 4-2
# Date Visitor Score Home OT Decision Attendance Series Recap
1 April 14 Detroit Red Wings 2 - 3 Phoenix Coyotes Bryzgalov 17,125 Coyotes lead 1-0 [91]
2 April 16 Detroit Red Wings 7 - 4 Phoenix Coyotes Bryzgalov 17,386 Series tied 1-1 [92]
3 April 18 Phoenix Coyotes 4 - 2 Detroit Red Wings Bryzgalov 20,066 Coyotes lead 2-1 [93]
4 April 20 Phoenix Coyotes 0 - 3 Detroit Red Wings Bryzgalov 20,066 Series tied 2-2

[94]

5 April 23 Detroit Red Wings 4 - 1 Phoenix Coyotes Bryzgalov 17,125 Red Wings lead 3-2

[95]

6 April 25 Phoenix Coyotes 5 - 2 Detroit Red Wings Bryzgalov 20,066 Series tied 3-3

[96]

7 April 27 Detroit Red Wings 6 - 1 Phoenix Coyotes Bryzgalov 17,386 Red Wings win series 4-3

[97]

Player statsEdit

SkatersEdit

Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; +/− = Plus/Minus; PIM = Penalty Minutes

Regular season
Player GP G A Pts +/− PIM
Doan, ShaneShane Doan 82 18 37 55 3 41
Lombardi, MatthewMatthew Lombardi 78 19 34 53 8 36
Vrbata, RadimRadim Vrbata 82 24 19 43 6 24
Yandle, KeithKeith Yandle 82 12 29 41 16 45
Jovanovski, EdEd Jovanovski 66 10 24 34 -12 55
Hanzal, MartinMartin Hanzal 81 11 22 33 0 104
Upshall, ScottieScottie Upshall 49 18 14 32 5 50
Fiddler, VernonVernon Fiddler 76 8 22 30 13 46
Lang, RobertRobert Lang 64 9 20 29 -4 28
Aucoin, AdrianAdrian Aucoin 82 8 20 28 2 56
Pyatt, TaylorTaylor Pyatt 74 12 11 23 13 39
Prucha, PetrPetr Prucha 79 13 9 22 -2 23
Winnik, DanielDaniel Winnik 74 4 15 19 1 12
Stempniak, LeeLee Stempniak 18 14 4 18 10 8
Wolski, WojtekWojtek Wolski 18 6 12 18 6 6
Michalek, ZbynekZbynek Michalek 72 3 14 17 5 30
Mueller, PeterPeter Mueller 54 4 13 17 -5 8
Vandermeer, JamesJames Vandermeer 62 4 8 12 3 60
Korpikoski, LauriLauri Korpikoski 71 5 6 11 -10 16
Lepisto, SamiSami Lepisto 66 1 10 11 14 60
Schlemko, DavidDavid Schlemko 17 1 4 5 1 8
Bissonnette, PaulPaul Bissonnette 41 3 2 5 -2 117
Morris, DerekDerek Morris 18 1 3 4 4 11
Schneider, MathieuMathieu Schneider 8 0 4 4 5 4
Boedker, MikkelMikkel Boedker 14 1 2 3 2 0
Eriksson, AndersAnders Eriksson 12 0 3 3 0 2
Heshka, ShaunShaun Heshka 8 0 2 2 0 4
Perrault, JoelJoel Perrault 2 1 0 1 -1 0
Nokelainen, PetteriPetteri Nokelainen 12 0 1 1 -3 6
Sauer, KurtKurt Sauer 1 0 0 0 1 0
Hoggan, JeffJeff Hoggan 4 0 0 0 -1 2
Porter, KevinKevin Porter 4 0 0 0 1 0

Playoffs
Player GP G A Pts +/− PIM
Lombardi, MatthewMatthew Lombardi 7 1 5 6 2 2
Wolski, WojtekWojtek Wolski 7 4 1 5 1 0
Yandle, KeithKeith Yandle 7 2 3 5 -1 4
Morris, DerekDerek Morris 7 1 3 4 -1 11
Vrbata, RadimRadim Vrbata 7 2 2 4 -2 4
Prucha, PetrPetr Prucha 7 1 2 3 1 4
Hanzal, MartinMartin Hanzal 7 0 3 3 -3 10
Aucoin, AdrianAdrian Aucoin 7 0 2 2 3 10
Doan, ShaneShane Doan 3 1 1 2 0 4
Pyatt, TaylorTaylor Pyatt 7 1 1 2 -4 2
Fiddler, VernonVernon Fiddler 6 1 1 2 -4 14
Michalek, ZbynekZbynek Michalek 7 0 2 2 -4 2
Stempniak, LeeLee Stempniak 7 0 2 2 -4 0
Schneider, MathieuMathieu Schneider 3 1 0 1 -1 0
Lang, RobertRobert Lang 4 0 1 1 0 0
Jovanovski, EdEd Jovanovski 7 1 0 1 -7 4
Korpikoski, LauriLauri Korpikoski 7 1 0 1 -4 2
Lepisto, SamiSami Lepisto 7 1 0 1 -1 6
Nokelainen, PetteriPetteri Nokelainen 5 0 0 0 -1 2
Winnik, DanielDaniel Winnik 7 0 0 0 -2 0

GoaltendersEdit

Note: GP = Games Played; TOI = Time On Ice (minutes); W = Wins; L = Losses; OT = Overtime Losses; GA = Goals Against; GAA= Goals Against Average; SA= Shots Against; SV= Saves; Sv% = Save Percentage; SO= Shutouts

Regular season
Player GP TOI W L OT GA GAA SA Sv% SO G A PIM
Bryzgalov, IlyaIlya Bryzgalov 69 4084 42 20 6 156 2.29 1961 .920 8 0 1 4
LaBarbera, JasonJason LaBarbera 17 928 8 5 1 33 2.13 459 .928 0 0 0 0
Playoffs
Player GP TOI W L GA GAA SA Sv% SO G A PIM
Bryzgalov, IlyaIlya Bryzgalov 7 419 3 4 24 3.44 255 .906 0 0 0 0

Denotes player spent time with another team before joining Coyotes. Stats reflect time with the Coyotes only.
Traded mid-season.
Bold/italics denotes franchise record.

Awards and records Edit

Records Edit

Milestones Edit

Regular season
Player Milestone Reached

AwardsEdit

Regular season
Player Award Date
Ilya Bryzgalov[9] NHL First Star of the Week October 19, 2009
Ilya Bryzgalov[10] NHL Third Star of the Month October 2009
Ilya Bryzgalov[11] NHL Third Star of the Week December 14, 2009
Ilya Bryzgalov[12] NHL Second Star of the Month December 2009
Shane Doan[13] NHL First Star of the Week February 1, 2010
Lee Stempniak[14] NHL Second Star of the Week March 15, 2010
Lee Stempniak[15] NHL First Star of the Month March 2010

Transactions Edit

The Coyotes have been involved in the following transactions during the 2009–10 season.

Trades Edit

Date
Details
June 19, 2009[16] To Florida Panthers
Steven Reinprecht
To Phoenix Coyotes
Stefan Meyer
June 27, 2009[17] To Vancouver Canucks
7th-round pick (#187 overall) in 2009
To Phoenix Coyotes
Shaun Heshka
June 27, 2009[18] To Calgary Flames
Brandon Prust
To Phoenix Coyotes
Jim Vandermeer
June 27, 2009[19] To Washington Capitals
5th-round pick in 2010
To Phoenix Coyotes
Sami Lepisto
June 27, 2009 To New York Islanders
3rd-round pick in 2010
To Phoenix Coyotes
3rd-round pick (#62 overall) in 2009
July 13, 2009[20] To New York Rangers
Enver Lisin
To Phoenix Coyotes
Lauri Korpikoski
July 21, 2009[21] To Tampa Bay Lightning
Todd Fedoruk
David Hale
To Phoenix Coyotes
Radim Vrbata
March 3, 2010[22] To Boston Bruins
Conditional draft pick in 2011
To Phoenix Coyotes
Derek Morris
March 3, 2010[23] To Colorado Avalanche
Peter Mueller
Kevin Porter
To Phoenix Coyotes
Wojtek Wolski
March 3, 2010[24] To Vancouver Canucks
Sean Zimmerman
Conditional draft pick in 2010
To Phoenix Coyotes
Mathieu Schneider
March 3, 2010[25] To Toronto Maple Leafs
Matt Jones
4th-round draft pick in 2010
7th-round draft pick in 2010
To Phoenix Coyotes
Lee Stempniak
March 3, 2010[26] To New York Rangers
Anders Eriksson
To Phoenix Coyotes
Miika Wiikman
7th-round draft pick in 2011
March 3, 2010[27] To Columbus Blue Jackets
Chad Kolarik
To Phoenix Coyotes
Alexandre Picard
March 3, 2010[28] To Anaheim Ducks
6th-round draft pick in 2011
To Phoenix Coyotes
Petteri Nokelainen

Free agents acquired Edit

Player Former team Contract terms
Vernon Fiddler[29] Nashville Predators 2 years, $2.2 million
Jason LaBarbera[30] Vancouver Canucks 2 years, $2 million
Adrian Aucoin[31] Calgary Flames 1 year, $2.25 million
Taylor Pyatt[32] Vancouver Canucks 1 year
Ryan Hollweg[33] Toronto Maple Leafs 1 year
Robert Lang[34] Montreal Canadiens 1 year
Matt Watkins[35] University of North Dakota entry level contract
Anders Eriksson[36] Calgary Flames undisclosed
Josh Lunden[37] University of Alaska-Anchorage entry-level contract

Free agents lost Edit

Player New team Contract terms
Steven Goertzen[38] Carolina Hurricanes 1 year, $500K 2-way contract
Brian McGrattan[39] Calgary Flames 1 year, $550,000
Garth Murray[40] Calgary Flames undisclosed
Dmitri Kalinin[41] Salavat Yulaev Ufa 2 years

Claimed via Waivers Edit

Player Former team Date claimed off waivers
Paul Bissonnette[42] Pittsburgh Penguins September 30, 2009

Lost via Waivers Edit

Player New team Date claimed off waivers
Nigel Dawes[43] Calgary Flames July 16, 2009

Players re-signed Edit

Player Contract terms
Petr Prucha[44] 2 years, $2.2 million
Stefan Meyer[45] 1 year
Shaun Heshka[46] 1 year
Lauri Korpikoski[47] 2 years, $1.4 million
Keith Yandle[48] 2 years, $2.4 million
David Spina[49] undisclosed
Jeff Hoggan[50] undisclosed
Sean Sullivan[51] undisclosed
Daniel Winnik[52] undisclosed
Scottie Upshall[53] 1 year, $1.5 million
Josh Tordjman[54] 1 year
Colin Long[55] entry level contract
Paul Bissonnette[56] 2 year contract extension
Chris Summers[57] entry-level contract
Mathieu Brodeur[58] entry-level contract

Draft picks Edit

Phoenix's picks at the 2009 NHL Entry Draft in Montreal, Quebec.

Round # Player Position Nationality College/junior/club team (league)
1 6 Oliver Ekman-Larsson (D) Flag of Sweden Sweden Leksands IF (Allsvenskan)
2 36 Chris Brown (C) Flag of the United States United States (U.S. National U18 Team) (National Team Development Program)
3 91 (from Pittsburgh via NY Islanders) Michael Lee (G) Flag of the United States United States Fargo Force (United States Hockey League)
4 97 Jordan Szwarz (RW) Flag of Canada.svg Canada Saginaw Spirit (Ontario Hockey League)
4 105 (from Florida) Justin Weller (D) Flag of Canada.svg Canada Red Deer Rebels (Western Hockey League)
6 157 Evan Bloodoff (LW) Flag of Canada.svg Canada Kelowna Rockets (WHL)

Final roster Edit

Updated April 14, 2010.[59]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
33 Flag of Canada.svg Aucoin, AdrianAdrian Aucoin

D R 43 2009 Ottawa, Ontario
12 Flag of Canada.svg Bissonnette, PaulPaul Bissonnette

RW L 31 2009 Welland, Ontario
89 Flag of Denmark Boedker, MikkelMikkel Boedker

RW L 26 2008 Brøndby, Denmark
30 Flag of Russia Bryzgalov, IlyaIlya Bryzgalov

G L 36 2007 Togliatti, Soviet Union
19 Flag of Canada.svg Doan, ShaneShane Doan

 (C)

RW R 40 1995 Halkirk, Alberta
38 Flag of Canada.svg Fiddler, VernonVernon Fiddler

C L 36 2009 Edmonton, Alberta
11 Flag of the Czech Republic Hanzal, MartinMartin Hanzal

C L 29 2005 Písek, Czechoslovakia
55 Flag of Canada.svg Jovanovski, EdEd Jovanovski

 (A)

D L 40 2006 Windsor, Ontario
29 Flag of Finland Korpikoski, LauriLauri Korpikoski

LW L 30 2009 Turku, Finland
1 Flag of Canada.svg LaBarbera, JasonJason LaBarbera

G L 36 2009 Burnaby, British Columbia
20 Flag of the Czech Republic Lang, RobertRobert Lang

C R 45 2009 Teplice, Czechoslovakia
18 Flag of Finland Lepisto, SamiSami Lepisto

D L 32 2009 Espoo, Finland
15 Flag of Canada.svg Lombardi, MatthewMatthew Lombardi

C L 34 2009 Montreal, Quebec
39 Flag of Canada.svg MacLean, BrettBrett MacLean

LW R 27 2007 London, Ontario
4 Flag of the Czech Republic Michalek, ZbynekZbynek Michalek

 (A)

D R 33 2005 Jindřichův Hradec, Czechoslovakia
35 Flag of the United States Montoya, AlAl Montoya

G L 31 2008 Chicago, Illinois
53 Flag of Canada.svg Morris, DerekDerek Morris

D R 38 2010 Edmonton, Alberta
71 Flag of Finland Nokelainen, PetteriPetteri Nokelainen

C R 30 2010 Imatra, Finland
26 Flag of Canada.svg Perrault, JoelJoel Perrault

C R 33 2006 Montreal, Quebec
21 Flag of Canada.svg Picard, AlexandreAlexandre Picard

LW L 31 2010 Les Saules, Quebec
16 Flag of the Czech Republic Prucha, PetrPetr Prucha

RW R 34 2009 Chrudim, Czechoslovakia
14 Flag of Canada.svg Pyatt, TaylorTaylor Pyatt

LW L 35 2009 Thunder Bay, Ontario
44 Flag of the United States Sauer, KurtKurt Sauer

 Injury icon

D L 35 2008 St. Cloud, Minnesota
6 Flag of Canada.svg Schlemko, DavidDavid Schlemko

D L 29 2007 Edmonton, Alberta
23 Flag of the United States Schneider, MathieuMathieu Schneider

D L 47 2010 New York, New York
22 Flag of the United States Stempniak, LeeLee Stempniak

RW R 33 2010 West Seneca, New York
41 Flag of Russia Tikhonov, ViktorViktor Tikhonov

RW R 28 2008 Riga, Soviet Union
42 Flag of Canada.svg Tordjman, JoshJosh Tordjman

G L 31 2006 Montreal, Quebec
91 Flag of Canada.svg Turris, KyleKyle Turris

C R 27 2007 New Westminster, British Columbia
8 Flag of Canada.svg Upshall, ScottieScottie Upshall

 Injury icon

RW L 33 2009 Fort McMurray, Alberta
2 Flag of Canada.svg Vandermeer, JimJim Vandermeer

D L 36 2009 Caroline, Alberta
17 Flag of the Czech Republic Vrbata, RadimRadim Vrbata

RW R 35 2009 Mladá Boleslav, Czechoslovakia
34 Flag of Canada.svg Winnik, DanielDaniel Winnik

C R 31 2004 Toronto, Ontario
86 Flag of Canada.svg Wolski, WojtekWojtek Wolski

LW L 30 2010 Zabrze, Poland
3 Flag of the United States Yandle, KeithKeith Yandle

D L 30 2005 Boston, Massachusetts


See also Edit

Farm teams Edit

San Antonio Rampage

The San Antonio Rampage are the Coyotes American Hockey League affiliate in 2009–10.

Arizona Sundogs

The Arizona Sundogs were the Coyotes affiliate in the CHL but are no longer affiliated.[60]

References Edit

  1. NHL Attendance - 2010. ESPN. Retrieved on 2010-03-11.
  2. Waldie, Paul. "Red ink flowing at record rate in Phoenix", The Globe and Mail, November 19, 2009. 
  3. Coyotes hire Tippett as Head Coach
  4. Phoenix Coyotes Franchise Index. hockey-reference.
  5. 2009-10 Regular Season. Phoenix Coyote.
  6. Jerry, Brown. Coyotes reach the 100-point mark by routing avs. NHL.com. Retrieved on 2010-03-28.
  7. "Keith Yandle 'classes' up Coyotes elimination" Retrieved on 4-28-10
  8. "Phoenix Coyotes get downright dirty in loss" Retrieved on 4-28-10
  9. Bryzgalov, Anderson, Ovechkin named NHL "Three Stars" of the week
  10. Anderson, Ovechkin, Bryzgalov named NHL 'Three Stars' for October
  11. Quick, Dan Sedin, Bryzgalov named NHL's Three Stars
  12. Sedin, Bryzgalov, Kane named December's '3 Stars'
  13. Phoenix Coyotes' Shane Doan named NHL first star of the week with nine points
  14. Samuelsson, Stempniak and Rinne named '3 Stars'
  15. Stempniak, Howard, Sedin named March 'Three Stars'
  16. COYOTES ACQUIRE MEYER FROM FLORIDA FOR RIGHTS TO REINPRECHT
  17. COYOTES ACQUIRE LEPISTO FROM WASHINGTON, HESHKA FROM VANCOUVER IN EXCHANGE FOR DRAFT PICKS
  18. COYOTES ACQUIRE VANDERMEER FROM CALGARY FOR PRUST
  19. COYOTES ACQUIRE LEPISTO FROM WASHINGTON, HESHKA FROM VANCOUVER IN EXCHANGE FOR DRAFT PICKS
  20. COYOTES ACQUIRE KORPIKOSKI FROM NY RANGERS FOR LISIN
  21. COYOTES ACQUIRE VRBATA FROM TAMPA BAY FOR FEDORUK AND HALE
  22. COYOTES ACQUIRE MORRIS FROM BOSTON
  23. COYOTES ACQUIRE WOLSKI FROM COLORADO FOR MUELLER AND PORTER
  24. COYOTES ACQUIRE SCHNEIDER FROM VANCOUVER IN EXCHANGE FOR ZIMMERMAN AND A CONDITIONAL DRAFT CHOICE
  25. COYOTES ACQUIRE SCHNEIDER FROM VANCOUVER IN EXCHANGE FOR ZIMMERMAN AND A CONDITIONAL DRAFT CHOICE
  26. COYOTES ACQUIRE SCHNEIDER FROM VANCOUVER IN EXCHANGE FOR ZIMMERMAN AND A CONDITIONAL DRAFT CHOICE
  27. COYOTES ACQUIRE PICARD FROM COLUMBUS IN EXCHANGE FOR KOLARIK
  28. COYOTES ACQUIRE NOKELAINEN FROM ANAHEIM
  29. COYOTES SIGN FIDDLER TO TWO-YEAR CONTRACT
  30. COYOTES SIGN LABARBERA TO TWO-YEAR CONTRACT
  31. COYOTES SIGN AUCOIN TO ONE-YEAR CONTRACT
  32. COYOTES SIGN PYATT TO ONE-YEAR DEAL
  33. COYOTES SIGN HOLLWEG TO ONE-YEAR CONTRACT
  34. COYOTES SIGN LANG TO ONE-YEAR CONTRACT
  35. COYOTES SIGN WATKINS TO ENTRY LEVEL CONTRACT
  36. COYOTES SIGN ERIKSSON TO CONTRACT
  37. COYOTES SIGN COLLEGE FREE AGENT LUNDEN TO ENTRY LEVEL CONTRACT
  38. Canes Agree to Terms With Steven Goertzen
  39. Flames sign heavyweight McGratton
  40. Flames sign Garth Murray and Riley Armstrong
  41. Дмитрий Калинин стал игроком «Салавата Юлаева»
  42. COYOTES CLAIM BISSONNETTE OFF WAIVERS
  43. Flames acquire Nigel Dawes
  44. COYOTES RE-SIGN PRUCHA TO TWO-YEAR DEAL
  45. COYOTES SIGN MEYER TO ONE-YEAR CONTRACT
  46. COYOTES SIGN HESHKA TO ONE-YEAR CONTRACT
  47. COYOTES SIGN KORPIKOSKI TO TWO-YEAR CONTRACT
  48. COYOTES RE-SIGN YANDLE TO TWO-YEAR CONTRACT
  49. COYOTES RE-SIGN SPINA, HOGGAN AND SULLIVAN
  50. COYOTES RE-SIGN SPINA, HOGGAN AND SULLIVAN
  51. COYOTES RE-SIGN SPINA, HOGGAN AND SULLIVAN
  52. WINNIK AWARDED ONE-YEAR CONTRACT
  53. COYOTES RE-SIGN UPSHALL TO ONE-YEAR CONTRACT
  54. COYOTES RE-SIGN TORDJMAN TO ONE-YEAR CONTRACT
  55. COYOTES SIGN LONG TO ENTRY LEVEL CONTRACT
  56. COYOTES RE-SIGN BISSONNETTE TO TWO-YEAR CONTRACT
  57. COYOTES SIGN SUMMERS TO ENTRY LEVEL CONTRACT
  58. COYOTES SIGN BRODEUR TO ENTRY LEVEL CONTRACT
  59. Coyotes Roster - Phoenix Coyotes - Team. Phoenix Coyotes. Retrieved on 2010-04-14.
  60. Hirigoyen, David. "Sundogs Preview: No affiliation this year", The Daily Courier, October 11, 2009. Retrieved on 2009-10-13. 

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